FOXBOROUGH -- Danny Amendola returned to the Patriots this past Sunday after missing three games with a groin injury, just in time to suit up for a 13-6 stinker against Cincinnati. He's hoping that the offensive chemistry will improve once a few of his injured teammates return.
"That’s the goal, without a doubt," the wide receiver said after Wednesday's practice. "We’re out there practicing and running around, trying to get on the same page, regardless of who it is, and we’ll be ready to go when our number is called, for sure."
Still missing from the offense are tight end Rob Gronkowski and running back Shane Vereen. Gronkowski (back/forearm) could be back this Sunday against unbeaten New Orleans; Vereen (wrist) is on the injured reserve list with a designation to return, and can come back no sooner than the Nov. 18 game at Carolina.
Amendola caught four passes against the Bengals, but the Patriots struggled on offense, failing to score a touchdown for the first time since 2009. Asked for a health update, Amendola sounded positive.
"I feel good," he said. "I had a good day today, and I’m just preparing this week, getting ready to go for next Sunday. Just continue to do what the trainers and training staff ask, that’s all I can do."
He has been practicing, as has Gronkowski. Getting the tight end back should provide the offense with a big spark.
"He’s great," said Amendola. "Watching him run around and watching him catch the ball, he has a lot of range and a lot of speed, big hands, and everyone knows what kind of athlete he is. I’m excited to watch him play."